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NOTICE OF MOTION: A Picture Tells Too Many Storeys: Honest Advertising for Proposed Developments

NOTICE OF MOTION


A Picture Tells Too Many Storeys: Honest Advertising for Proposed Developments


Moved by: Councillor Matlow


Seconded by: Councillor Wong-Tam


SUMMARY:

 

Toronto is becoming an increasingly dense city with an additional 134,000 new residents added between 2001 and 2011. The majority of those new inhabitants are living in condominiums. It is anticipated that this trend will continue as Toronto's population is expected to grow by 160,000 over the next 10 years with just as many new condo or apartment units added.

 

Residents in high-growth areas are being asked to live with an increasing amount of density, construction and traffic. It is only fair that they are provided every opportunity to voice their concerns and offer their feedback. While Toronto's planning process provides forums for resident participation, many community members are under the impression that a development has already been approved due to misleading advertising.

 

At the beginning of the application review process, local residents are generally confronted with on-site, billboard, print and other advertising depicting a building that will be "coming soon" with no mention of a municipal approval process, opportunity for citizen input or that the rendering can be altered. In addition to the confusion created in the community, this misleading advertising suppresses local engagement by giving the impression that the application is a "done deal".

 

Misleading condominium advertising can also negatively affects purchasers. Individuals have purchased units that have later been removed from the project through the City's planning process, leaving buyers scrambling to find alternative living arrangements.

 

This motion requests that the City Manager request the provincial government to require developers to clearly state that applications are subject to approval by the City of Toronto on all advertising for development applications.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  1. City Council request the City Manager to formally submit a recommendation to the Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services that would require developers to clearly state that applications are subject to approval by the City of Toronto on all advertising for development applications until a Building Permit has been issued

  2. The required language, "application is subject to approval by the City of Toronto", must occupy no less than 25% of the advertisement

  3. "Advertising" referred to in recommendation (1) includes, but is not limited to: on-site, billboard, print, radio and television

April 3, 2013

 

NOTICE OF MOTION: Authorization to Release Section 37 Funds to the Toronto District School Board towards Capital Improvements to the Playground at Maurice Cody Junior Public School

Notice of Motion

 

Authorization to Release Section 37 Funds to the Toronto District School Board towards Capital Improvements to the Playground at Maurice Cody Junior Public School


Moved by: Councillor Matlow


Seconded by: Councillor Parker


SUMMARY:

 

Section 37 funds have been secured and received in the development at 35, 137, 147 Merton Street for the purpose of community services and facilities, in the amount of $300,000 plus accrued interest. Some funds have been spent, leaving a balance of $270.052.75.  Section 37 funds have also been secured in the development at 150 Roehampton Avenue in the amount of $287,000 plus accrued interest for the purpose of improving community services and facilities in the neighbourhood.  The unspent balance is $174,117.35.

 

This motion seeks to support a community organization, comprised of local parents and neighbourhood residents, in raising funds for a "Dirt to Turf" project at Maurice Cody Junior Public School.  The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is not providing any capital funds, but is providing technical support.  As the project name implies, the objective is to cover the playing field (2,130 m2) with synthetic turf at a cost ranging from $444,700 to $507,950, with possible additional optional items at additional cost.  This Motion proposes to provide a total of $300,000 to the TDSB towards the cost of the synthetic turf.  All of the available funds from the Merton Street development will be used, with the balance from the 150 Roehampton development.

 

The Section 37 Implementation Guidelines approved by Council in 2007 state the following (section 5.7):

 

"Cash contributions toward the capital improvement of school board playgrounds are eligible S.37 community benefits where the playground serves as a local park, where the public will continue to have reasonable access for the foreseeable future, and where there is no local City-owned parkland performing a similar function in the same community that could otherwise benefit from the cash contribution."

 

The playground does and will continue to serve the local community as a local park.  The Undertaking to be signed by the TDSB will contain provisions governing the purpose of the funds as well as the financial reporting requirements.  A separate Community Access Agreement will be executed between the City and the TDSB, drawn up in consultation with the local Councillor and  the community.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:


1. That the approved 2013 Operating Budget for Non-Program be increased by $300,000 gross, $0 net, fully funded by Section 37 community benefits obtained in the developments as follows:

a. $270,052.75 from 35, 137 & 147 Merton Street, (source account XR3026- 3700236); and

b. $29,947.25 from 150 Roehampton Avenue, (source account XR3026-3700023);

for the purpose of forwarding funds to the Toronto District School Board for capital improvements to the school playgrounds at Maurice Cody Junior Public School, and more specifically a new synthetic turf playing field of approximately 2,130 m2 in size.

2. That the funds be forwarded to the Toronto District School Board once the Toronto District School Board has signed:

a. an Undertaking governing the purpose of the funds and the financial reporting requirements; and

b. a Community Access Agreement with the City, addressing community access to the improved playing field, drawn up in consultation with the Ward Councillor and the local community.

3. That the Director of Community Planning, Toronto East York District, be requested to participate in the community consultation for, and preparation of, the Community Access Agreement, and the City Solicitor be requested to draw up the Agreement, in consultation with the Ward Councillor and Community Planning staff.

April 3, 2013

   
   
   
   
   

NOTICE OF MOTION: Taking Action on the Roots of Youth Violence

Taking Action on the Roots of Youth Violence

Moved by: Councillor Matlow

Seconded by: Councillor Thompson

 

SUMMARY:

 

Each tragic spike in youth violence is followed by task forces and reports with hundreds of ideas on how to respond. Many of these reports have contained recommendations which, if acted upon, would support Toronto's youth. In 2008, the Province of Ontario published a comprehensive report authored by The Honourable Roy McMurtry and Dr. Alvin Curling. The Review of the Roots of Youth Violence identified a significant role for municipal partners in addressing the roots of youth violence, including poverty, racism, poor neighbourhood design, health issues, lack of youth engagement, and lack of economic opportunities. Unfortunately, the recommendations in the report have only been partly implemented. It is time for serious, meaningful action, not more study.

 

This motion requests that the City Manager report on the status of joint Provincial-Municipal actions recommended in The Review of the Roots of Youth Violence and Ontario's Youth Action Plan which followed in 2012. It also requests the City Manager recommend initiatives that the City of Toronto can implement now to address the roots of youth violence.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

 

1. City Council request the City Manager to report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee by June 2013 on the status of joint Provincial-Municipal actions recommended in the reports The Review of the Roots of Youth Violence and Ontario's Youth Action Plan

 

2. That the City Manager recommend initiatives that the City of Toronto can implement now to address the identified roots of youth violence including, but not limited to;

 

i) Establishing a body with the mandate to develop a corporate agenda to develop and publish a specific youth violence strategy with measurable objectives and timelines, and to monitor and report regularly to the public on indicators of progress.

ii) Developing a youth anti-racism plan

iii) Creating community hubs to provide space for meetings, recreation, the arts, and service providers;

iv) Establishing local coordinating bodies to help improve access to services offered in each neighbourhood and to improve coordination amongst them;

v) Implementing programs to familiarize families, including new settlers, with community structures and supports;

vi) Reducing barriers to youth recreation programs;

vii) Increasing resources to tower neighbourhood renewal initiatives;

   

My letter regarding the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy

Dear Mr. Pennachetti,  On December 17, the provincial government announced additional funding for the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy. I am writing to bring this to your attention because the deadline to apply for funding, January 9, 2013, is rapidly approaching.  The City of Toronto desperately needs provincial assistance to repair its aging infrastructure including everything from transit and sewers to libraries and community centres. It takes a substantial amount of funding every year just to keep the TTC in a state of good repair, never mind upgrading the 1940s electronics system or expanding the subway network. The Gardiner Expressway is only the most dramatic example of our critical need, but every burst water main is a symptom of unseen deterioration as well.  Before "downloading" in the 1990s, the provincial government recognized the importance of municipal infrastructure by investing in both its maintenance and expansion. Today the burden falls principally on our property tax, so I am grateful for this additional funding for the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy and I hope the City of Toronto can move quickly to take advantage of this opportunity.  Sincerely,      Josh Matlow Toronto City Councillor Ward 22 – St. Paul's

Reply from City Manager Joe Pennachetti, January 7, 2013

   
   

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